Healthcare Economics & Policy

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have endorsed CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing as a decision aid to determine a patient’s risk of heart disease.

 

A new report from CNBC analyzed data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which identified the top 11 in-demand jobs paying workers an annual salary of more than $55,000 and requiring only an associate’s degree. Of the 11 jobs identified, more than half are in medical imaging and radiology. 

Tennessee Interventional Imaging Associates (TIAA) reached an agreement with Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System to remain its radiology service provider, according to the Times Free Press. The parties had previously been in a contract dispute that threatened the hospital’s premier stroke program.

This exemption of certain unclassified medical devices from 510(k) requirements aims to achieve two goals: decrease regulatory burdens on the medical device industry and reduce costs required to comply with federal regulations, while allowing patients continued access to medical devices.

A contract dispute between Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System and Tennessee Interventional and Imaging Associates (TIAA) is threatening to upend the hospital’s premiere stroke program, according to documents obtained by the Times Free Press.

In 2018, capital investments in startup companies developing medical imaging AI solutions reached almost $580 million—more than double the 2017 amount of $270 million, according to a new market report published Jan. 31 by Signify Research.

“Applying the least burdensome approach means gathering the minimum amount of information necessary to adequately address a relevant regulatory question or issue through the most efficient manner at the right time,” according to the agency. 

The Liberal National Government of Australia announced it is providing $375 million for 50 new MRI licenses at Medicare-eligible locations across the country, according to a recent release from the office of Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for Health.

General Electric (GE) has changed its original strategy and will now aim to sell nearly half of its healthcare unit, GE Healthcare, according to GE CEO Larry Culp.

The world market for digital pathology is expected to rise to $600 million by 2022, according to a new report from Signify Research. But it will have to overcome some strong obstacles first.

The state-run website—HealthCost—reduced medical imaging costs by five percent for patients and four percent for insurers, according to Zach Brown, PhD, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“We believe that people should be able to play a more active role in managing their well-being,” Apple COO, Jeff Williams, said in a prepared statement. “As we learn over time, the goal is to make more customized recommendations that will help members accomplish their goals and live healthier lives.”